I want to thank my bandmates, Jason Narducy and Jon Wurster, for helping me present the Copper Blue shows throughout Europe and North America this year. We had our best shows ever in 2012, and I hope you could sense that from watching us on stage.

I also want to thank Merge Records and Demon Records for handling the reissues of the SUGAR catalogue with enthusiasm, attention to detail, and the utmost of care. I also want to thank everyone who attended the Copper Blue 2012 shows.

And now it’s time to say farewell to Copper Blue. I’m not retiring the songs — many of them will be in my live sets forever — but I am putting the “start to finish” reading of Copper Blue to rest after playing it at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, CA on October 30 and then at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin TX on November 2.

It was wonderful to pay tribute to Copper Blue by opening the 2012 shows with a start to finish reading of the album. By the end of the North American tour it felt a bit predictable. The longtime followers know my restlessness all too well, so my need to shake things up should be no surprise.

The response to the Silver Age songs, both on record and on stage, has been quite positive. I want to move forward in 2013 with promoting Silver Age — and you’ll still hear plenty of favorites from my songbook. See you next year!